Countless adults feel anxious and on-edge at the thought of visiting their dentist due to a variety of reasons, including traumatic past experiences, a fear of receiving bad news, and overstimulation. Fortunately, you don’t have to put yourself through an uncomfortable appointment that will only fuel your anxiety in the future. Instead, let our team put you at-ease with nitrous oxide in Sarasota. It’s a fast-acting in-house sedation method that’s great for a wide array of adults.
Nitrous oxide sedation is excellent for patients who experience mild to moderate dental anxiety or fear. It’s also excellent for adults who:
Most patients are good candidates for nitrous oxide, but we typically don’t recommend it for those who are pregnant, have sinus congestion (since the sedation is delivered via a nose mask), have a respiratory disease, or are taking certain medications that would interfere with the nitrous oxide. However, we’ll speak with you beforehand to ensure that sedation dentistry is right for you.
When you first arrive at our practice, we’ll guide you back to one of our treatment areas and help you get comfortable in a chair. The nitrous oxide is administered through a nose mask right before your sedation dentist in Sarasota begins the procedure, and within a minute or two, you’ll feel the effects kick-in. Many people notice a wave of euphoria and calmness wash over them that helps dull their heightened senses. However, you’ll still remain conscious and be able to respond to our team throughout your visit. Once we’re done, we’ll remove the mask and the effects will quickly wear away, allowing you to go about the rest of your day as you normally would.
Because the effects of sedation don’t linger for a long time, we’ll wait with you as you breathe in oxygen and the effects wear-off before showing you to our front office counter. Once you feel comfortable driving, you’ll be able to leave and go back to your regular routine, like work, school, or whatever else you need to do that day. Most patients don’t experience many after-effects besides a lingering headache (which should go away with time), and we’ll provide you with any post-op instructions before you leave that we recommend.